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Huffpost weekend: between kindness, mothers and bolognese ravioli

Free spirit is a newsletter from Alex Mathers, motivator, illustrator and author of 6 books, with a community of 80 thousand readers, which collects ideas to free yourself from your mental limitations, gain more confidence, earn more and live better. In one of his latest articles, he shares 8 little habits that can help you get more respect without too much effort. It won me over from the start: we do little things for others. Which means focusing a bit more on who we are around, what they say and do, what they would like. Caring for others helps us see ourselves through different eyes. It doesn’t take much to get started: learn to respond with kindness.

What to read

Silvia Ziche’s Cage (Feltrinelli Comics). It’s hard not to recognize yourself in at least one of the three female figures told and drawn by Ziche. Me, to say, I heard several times all three. It begins with the mother who, broom in hand, tries to free her daughter from everything that is going on in her head. This is the moment of truth, of confrontation even if it may appear late. On the one hand an icy and degrading mother, and on the other Serena full of guilt, and with some life choices behind her that now seem wrong. “As a child, your unavailability made me dream of being able to hold your arm while you slept indifferently. Then, for a good part of my life, I was content to kiss indifferent people. Your indifference must have been my fault” says Serena who, as a child, often looks at her mother with tears in her eyes. It will be the daughter never had, Gaïa, the imaginary granddaughter of this ugly grandmother who will give the solution to everything: “He who precedes us does not necessarily determine our life. Our future is not already written”.

What to watch

Luckyest Girl Alive on Netflix, starting Friday. This is the story of Ani FaNelli, a sharp-tongued New Yorker who seems to have it all: a coveted workplace in a glossy magazine, a trendy wardrobe and a dream wedding on the horizon. . But when the director of a detective documentary invites her to tell her version of the shocking episode that she experienced as a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani is forced to relive a dark truth that threatens to destroy the life she lives. meticulously constructed. The TV series tells the true story of writer Jessica Knoll, who survived a gang rape and authored a best-selling book.

What to listen to

Valerio Nicolosi is a reporter who has been reporting on migration routes since 2014. In Distress – Rescue at Sea, Storytel’s new original podcast available from October 10, takes listeners aboard the NGO Open Arms’ ship Astral, where he spent two weeks in early August performing 10 rescues and saving the lives of over 200 people. Some of these interventions were recorded live and included in the podcast, to act as a necessary complement to the account of what the author saw and experienced. Distress means distress or danger. At sea, the word is the synthesis of the two: an imminent danger to a ship far beyond the normal carrying capacity. A distress is communicated with a message of May 1st, the greatest urgency of intervention and help, but international laws are not always valid. Especially for those who are considered illegal. Since 2014, 2.4 million people have arrived in Europe, compared to a population of 447 million citizens. A tiny number, but which have created great discussions and debates, as well as built political careers: through five episodes – from the first, which recounts the choice and motivations of the volunteers to embark, to the last and less romantic, an absence from intervention in a state of distress because a government does not respond and therefore does not authorize the rescue, to in-depth information on the laws and affairs of rescue at sea – Valerio Nicolosi takes listeners with him on a journey that is, after all, the testimony of an attempt to remain human.


what to write

Whiskey Week on Lake Como with a week of events that will culminate on Sunday, October 9, when Villa Geno will be the scene of a series of tastings, masterclasses and in-depth moments for spirits lovers. During the third appointment of the traveling “spirit weeks” organized by the Whiskey Club Italia team, more than 500 of the best whiskey tastings from Scotland, Ireland, the United States, Japan and Italy will be present. As in the previous edition, fans will be able to enjoy a sip of their favorite drama in extraordinary contexts: on land, in water and in the air. In detail, throughout the day it will be possible to indulge in a tasting – as well as inside the villa – even on board a motorboat or a seaplane flying over Lake Como. The event is organized by Whiskey Club Italia, the largest Italian whiskey club, with its heart in the Brianza Lecco region and branches that cover much of the national territory. Thanks to the experience of the many events organized from the south to the north of Italy, the founders Claudio Riva, Davide Terziotti have joined forces to spread the culture of the distillate and of conscious consumption, with hundreds of guided tastings, in person or on line .


What to cook

Jurgita Rubikaite and Filippo Ronchi launched Veggie Situation after watching a documentary that linked health and nutrition. They also remember the precise date, the night of October 24 to 25, 2014, because from then on they changed their lives. Approaching vegetable cooking, they first created an account instagram so what a website which talks about food, well-being and travel. A book just published by Gribaudo Editore was also born from the section dedicated to breakfasts “The Breakfast Club”: over 60 alternatives including healthy, gluten-free, protein, sweet, savory recipes, smoothies, extracts that can be prepared quickly and easily.

Here they gave us the recipe for bolognese ravioli. “Filippo – they say in the book -, in true Bolognese, is very fond of these biscuits, because they remind him of his childhood. One could only interpret them in a 100% vegetable version. Their heart of mustard, a typical Bolognese The crunch of sugar croutons and the flavor of mustard make them so unique that it will be hard to stop eating them.”


Ingredients for about 12 ravioli

For the dough: 250 g flour 1 (semi-complete) 25 g cornstarch; 5 g of baking powder; 1 pinch of vanilla powder; 1 pinch of salt; 75 g of sunflower oil; 70 g of soy drink; 60 g light brown raw sugar (+ extra to decorate); zest of 1 untreated lemon

For brushing: 1 tablespoon soy beverage 1 teaspoon maple syrup

For the filling: about 150 g Bolognese mustard
Method. Mix the dry ingredients for the dough, except the sugar. Take a whisk and in a bowl mix the oil, the soy drink, the 60 g of sugar and the grated lemon zest. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the liquid ingredients all at once and knead with your hands. It should be a fairly soft dough. Place the dough in the fridge for an hour.

As soon as you take it out of the fridge, let the dough rest for 10 minutes, roll out the dough with a rolling pin about 4 millimeters thick. Using a cookie cutter or a cookie cutter of about 8 cm cut out a few discs. Place half a teaspoon of mustard in the center of each disc and close it in the shape of a crescent.

With a fork, press down to close the flap. After creating the ravioli, arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with soy drink mix and maple syrup and sprinkle with sugar to decorate. Bake in static mode at 175°C for about 25 minutes.

Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer the ravioli to a wire rack.



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